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Of the following, which is least?

A. \(\frac{-0.7}{0.000012}\)

B. \(\frac{0.7}{-0.00012}\)

C. \(-\frac{0.7}{0.0012}\)

D. \((\frac{0.012}{-0.7})^{(-1)}\)

E. \(-\frac{0.7}{0.12}\)
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Bunuel wrote:
Of the following, which is least?

A. \(\frac{-0.7}{0.000012}\)

B. \(\frac{0.7}{-0.00012}\)

C. \(-\frac{0.7}{0.0012}\)

D. \((\frac{0.012}{-0.7})^{(-1)}\)

E. \(-\frac{0.7}{0.12}\)



A NEGATIVE sign will mean the SAME irrespective of it at numerator or denominator..
D has -1 as power, so we will have reciprocal of the fraction \(\frac{-0.7}{0.012}\)

So ALL choices are negative and with same numerator 0.7..
So let's concentrate on denominator only..

LOWER the denominator, HIGHER the value of fraction if positive and LOWER the value of fraction if NEGATIVE.

0.000012 is the lowest value making \(\frac{-0.7}{0.000012}\) the least

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chetan2u wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
Of the following, which is least?

A. \(\frac{-0.7}{0.000012}\)

B. \(\frac{0.7}{-0.00012}\)

C. \(-\frac{0.7}{0.0012}\)

D. \((\frac{0.012}{-0.7})^{(-1)}\)

E. \(-\frac{0.7}{0.12}\)



A NEGATIVE sign will mean the SAME irrespective of it at numerator or denominator..
D has two NEGATIVE signs making it POSITIVE.... Eliminate.

Remaining choices are negative and with same numerator 0.7..
So let's concentrate on denominator only..

LOWER the denominator, HIGHER the value of fraction if positive and LOWER the value of fraction if NEGATIVE.

0.000012 is the lowest value making \(\frac{-0.7}{0.000012}\) the least

A


D is \((\frac{0.012}{-0.7})\) to the power of -1. Does it look like a multiplication? I'll try to edit somehow if it does.
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Bunuel wrote:
chetan2u wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
Of the following, which is least?

A. \(\frac{-0.7}{0.000012}\)

B. \(\frac{0.7}{-0.00012}\)

C. \(-\frac{0.7}{0.0012}\)

D. \((\frac{0.012}{-0.7})^{(-1)}\)

E. \(-\frac{0.7}{0.12}\)



A NEGATIVE sign will mean the SAME irrespective of it at numerator or denominator..
D has two NEGATIVE signs making it POSITIVE.... Eliminate.

Remaining choices are negative and with same numerator 0.7..
So let's concentrate on denominator only..

LOWER the denominator, HIGHER the value of fraction if positive and LOWER the value of fraction if NEGATIVE.

0.000012 is the lowest value making \(\frac{-0.7}{0.000012}\) the least

A


D is \((\frac{0.012}{-0.7})\) to the power of -1. Does it look like a multiplication? I'll try to edit somehow if it does.



Actually -1 is at the level of numerator and seemed to be in the same line, so misread it. Thanks
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Numerator of all choices is 0.7.
Compare denominators: 0.12>0.012>0.0012>0.00012>0.000012.
Combine: the higher denominator, the lower fraction: 0.7/0.12 < 0.7/0.012 <0.7/0.0012 <0.7/0.00012 <0.7/0.000012
Add negative sign makes largest become least. So answer is A.
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New post 12 Dec 2017, 03:19
When a positive number is divided by a number between 0 and 1 the result (quotient) gets bigger, the smaller the divisor, the bigger the quotient.

When a negative number is divided by a number between 0 and 1 the result gets smaller (moves to the left on the number line), the smaller the divisor, the smaller the quotient

in A divisor is the smallest among the denominators. Therefore the result of A will be furthest to the left on the number line

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